by Eileen Viglione
4-Day Event – ISI is now a four-day event, Thursday through Sunday (Aug. 4-7)!
Test and entry deadline: May 20
BONUS: Mariah Bell to Headline ISI Benefit Show!
1. The Big Event
World Recreational Team Championships is ISI’s annual, premier event — a gathering of talented skaters of all abilities and ages, from tots to seniors, from across the world to compete in a sport they all adore. The Worlds vibe is contagious, and once you catch it, you’ll be glad you did! So, start making plans now for this worlds of fun event set for Aug. 4-7 (Thursday through Sunday) at Edge Ice Arena in the Chicago suburb of Bensenville, Ill. Historically a week-long affair, Worlds has been shortened to be more convenient for our skaters, families and coaches. This abbreviated schedule provides the ideal opportunity for participants to extend their stays to take in all the sights and attractions in the host city and surrounding area.
2. Champion Venue
Located at the 88-acre Redmond Recreational Complex, the Edge Ice Arena is one of Chicagoland’s leading ice skating facilities and among the largest in the country. The facility showcases three ice surfaces, including two NHL-size ice sheets. The main sheet offers 2,800 seats, plus nine luxury sky suites and an executive club level seating area. The complex is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, complete with climbing wall, zip line, ropes courses, in-line skating rink, skateboard park, aquatic center and volleyball pit, as well as a lake and wetland preserve.
3. Easy Access
The Village of Bensenville is situated in DuPage County, a popular Midwest destination due to its convenient proximity to O’Hare International airport and downtown Chicago, which is chock-full of stuff to do. While in Bensenville, you can cool off at the Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad and explore Fischer Woods Forest Preserve, including Fischer Farm, an old homestead dating back to the 1800s.
4. Best Big City
For five years in a row, readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted Chicago as the “Best Big City in the U.S.” In 2021, 800,0000 readers cast their votes for Chicago, making it the only city to ever win this impressive honor five years in a row!
5. Fun for the Entire Family
Chicago has tons of things to do for all ages. Take a trip to Navy Pier, where you can ride the famous, 150-foot high Ferris wheel; pet stingrays at Shedd Aquarium; walk on air at Skydeck Chicago; enjoy a virtual journey through time and space at the Adler Planetarium and catch a Chicago Cubs game at the iconic Wrigley Field. How’s that for starters?
6. Free Things to Do
Who doesn’t love free stuff? Chicago offers many cool attractions that don’t cost a dime! Get up close with animals at Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo, ride the slides and conquer the climbing wall at Maggie Daley Park, check out the amazing art at the Chicago Culture Center and Hyde Park Art Center, view lush greenery at Garfield Park Conservatory, enjoy the scenery at Millennium Park (home of Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean” sculpture) and so much more! Did we say free?
7. Competitors’ Party – Aug. 5
ISI Worlds is like no other skating competition on the planet, so we like to celebrate it BIG! Our Competitors’ Party is designed to be an enjoyable event exclusively for Worlds participants and their families. It always entails food, friendship and FUN!
The 20220 Competitors’ Party takes place from 7:30-9p.m. Aug. 5 at the Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad, located approximately 2.5 miles from Edge Ice Arena. A DJ will be on hand to get the “splash bash” groovin’, and concessions will be open for food and drink purchases.
Tickets are $15 each (2 and under free).
Order tickets online in advance — by midnight July 22.
8. Mariah Bell to Headline ISI Benefit Show — Aug. 6!
2022 Olympian and U.S. champion Mariah Bell will headline the ISI Benefit Show at 7 p.m. Aug. 6. Always a much anticipated event during Worlds, the show will also feature competitors selected throughout the week.
VIP Admission (Show and autograph session)
$50 in advance — if purchased by midnight July 22. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out. (Only 200 tickets available).
General Admission (Show only)
$25 in advance — if purchased by midnight July 22 ($30 after July 22)
Group/Team General Admission (Show only)
$20 each for a group of 10 or more — if purchased by midnight July 22. One member of the group/team must purchase and distribute.
Note: All tickets, if not sold out, will be available for purchase at the registration desk at ISI Worlds.
Photos courtesy of Choose Chicago.